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Dr John Edwin Morton

Dr John Edwin Morton

Midway, Wasatch County, Utah, USA
Death 5 Mar 1933 (aged 59)
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Burial Kaysville, Davis County, Utah, USA
Plot 12-10-C-10
Memorial ID 124933 · View Source
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Son of John Morton and Fanny Lucretia Wardle

Married Ellen Melvina Baker, 19 Jun 1892, Manti, Sanpete, Utah

Children - Ezra Morton, Eva Morton, Hugh Baker Morton, Victor Morton, Inez Ladacy Morton, Grant Morton, Ruth Morton, Sharon Edwin Morton

History - John Edwin Morton was the son of John Morton Jr. and Fanny Lucretia Wardle Morton. He spent his early childhood in Midway and was 10 years old when his mother died. His father, a native of Scotland was a miner.

When John was 15, his father remarried Maria Watkins Morton.

Following his elementary and secondary education in Wasatch and Sevier Counties, John entered the University of Deseret graduating with a Utah State teaching certificate.

When he was 19, he married Ellen Malvina Baker, in the Manti Temple on June 29, 1892. After they were married they lived in Charleston and he taught school.

On April 16, their first baby a little boy was born but died at birth. On November 6, 1895 a little girl was born but also died at birth. On December 24, 1897 a little boy was born, they named him Hugh.

In 1898 they sold their home and moved to San Francisco, where John attended the Hannehman Medical College Of The Pacific, graduating in 1902. They came back to Heber where he practiced medicine for several years.

In 1908 he bought property and a building in Kaysville and in 1909 he opened the first hospital in Kaysville. An ad for the hospital read: "capacity 15 beds, 4 nurses, finest equipment, best service, reasonable rates, perfect isolation for maternity patients, Battle Creek Sanitarium Methods for chronic diseases for particulars write or phone Dr. J.E. Morton Phone 98, Kaysville".

They had 3 children while living in Kaysville. Inez Ladacy who lived a short time and Grant a boy who lived about 3 months. Hugh, their only living child, drowned in a reservoir when he was 10 years of age. Their daughter Ruth was born a little later. Just 2 years after their son's drowning Dr. Morton underwent a life-threatening gall bladder operation. Just as he was recovering, he was seriously injured in the wreck of a Bamberger train. They became discouraged and moved to Roosevelt, Utah in 1914. He was quite successful as a doctor and also established a hospital there. Another little boy was born to them, John George, but died soon after birth. On July 21, 1917 a baby boy was found abandoned in the hospital, the Morton's adopted him and named him Sharon.

During his life Dr. Morton had a series of unsuccessful business adventures, including horse racing and buying turkeys.

They moved to Salt Lake City in 1928 where Dr. Morton established a medical office at 234 S. Main. Dr. Morton was very bright and studied astrology, and drew many maps. He accomplished a great deal in his short life. He died at the age of 59, on March 5, 1933 in Salt Lake City, following a severe illness of several months due to cardio-renal disease.

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  • Maintained by: Maureen McKendrick Braga
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 124933
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Dr John Edwin Morton (5 Jun 1873–5 Mar 1933), Find A Grave Memorial no. 124933, citing Kaysville City Cemetery, Kaysville, Davis County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Maureen McKendrick Braga (contributor 47546173) .